Why would I need endodontic treatment?
Underneath the hard, outer layers of white enamel and dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp, which contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. It extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the roots where it connects to the tissues surrounding the root.
Treatment is required when the pulp in your tooth become inflamed or infected from a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. Sometimes, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess, or worse, increased chances of tooth loss.
Five signs of infection:
Serious toothache when eating, or when you put pressure on the tooth. Does it hurt when you bite down hard?
Excessively sensitive teeth. Does the sensitive pain linger after the initial contact with hot or cold foods or drinks?
Darkening of your tooth. Has your tooth changed colour? This may be a sign of the nerve dying.
A small bump on the gum, close to the painful tooth.
Tender or swollen gums around the tooth.
Tooth decay is one of the common reasons for root canal infections. You can keep tooth decay at bay by brushing and flossing regularly, chewing sugar-free gum between meals and reducing the amount of fizzy drinks and sugar in your diet.